US rivals finished off by assassin John Wick

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The third instalment in the John Wick franchise shot straight to the top of the US chart.

The high octane, high death rate film, which stars Keanu Reeves, smashed up its rivals with an opening of $56.8m.

That left the superheroes in Avengers: Endgame settling for second place, despite amassing $771m so far domestically, and Ryan Reynolds’ Detective Pikachu from the Pokemon universe in third.

Fourth spot went to another new entry in the form of A Dog’s Journey, the sequel to A Dog’s Purpose, while comedy reboot The Hustle, starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson took fifth.

Elsewhere Dennis Quaid’s The Intruder slunk down to sixth, with rom-com Long Shot featuring Seth Rogen in seventh, while another new romantic drama The Sun Is Also A Star debuted in eighth.

Comedy Poms and animation Uglydolls complete the top ten.